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Aug 5, 2009 1:00pm EDT
they are on or perhaps they will now be willing to talk to us within the context of the six-party talks about the international desire to see them denuclearized. >> your husband spent more than three hours with kim jong-il. he is the highest ranking person to visit north korea, you know, in more than a decade. is that a possible breakthrough? >> well, we won't know. i mean that wasn't the purpose of it and it certainly is not anything worth counting on, because the obama administration has to deal with north korea going forward but i hope that north korea makes the right choice. i hope that they realize that we are sincere in our offer to have a different relationship with them if they are willing to move toward the full and verifiable denuclearization. and i think the entire world would welcome that change on their part. >> so there were talks between the united states and north korea? that's step. >> well, we do have some channels to talk with north korea and as the background briefing you received from high administration officials made clear overnight, when the message c
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2009 1:00pm EDT
the other clinton, hillary clinton in africa today. tell us about this visit, what she's trying to accomplish. >> this is her longest visit, her most ambitious visit. she's going to seven countries. she's taking on some tough issues. here in kenya, the most crushing issue is poverty, age, food problems, trade, a corrupt government, political instability. it hasn't been that long since 1,500 people died in ethnic rivalry and wars and battles after disputed election. so there were a lot of problems here in kenya. then she goes to south africa. while here, she will deal with the subject of terrorism and place a wreath at the embassy, which as you recall, 11 years ago, was bombed on this anniversary. so there is a threat, an increasing threat of al qaeda in the horn of africa, and that is something certainly on the minds of people traveling with her. >> well, plenty of issues to grapple with. andrea mitchell, traveling with secretary of state clinton in africa. we will see you from africa tomorrow. thank you so much for your perspective this afternoon. >> thank you, savannah. >>> an
MSNBC
Aug 14, 2009 1:00pm EDT
humanitarian, forever changing how the u.s. and the world, in fact, treats people with special needs. the special olympic torch led the procession today into the church, where athletes delivered a welcome that moved mourners to tears. noticeably missing today, eunice's brother, senator ted kennedy. he is nearby at the family compound, battling brain cancer. a spokesman for the family said ted kennedy's schedule is, quote, day to day. and right now, eunice's family and close friends are attending private burialed followed by a lunch at the kennedy family compound and a nearby club. nbc's ann thompson is here with me on the cape. ann, who has known the kennedys so many years, who came from this area and has deep roots here, this is really another one of those moments for hyannis. >> i think so. you saw hundreds of people literally lining south street here, catching -- trying to catch a glimpse of the family. and then when they brought out the casket of eunice kennedy shriver, there was applause. and then as each family drove by for bobby kennedy jr., for caroline kennedy and her family
MSNBC
Aug 10, 2009 1:00pm EDT
million people in north america expect from us, so that's what we will do. thank you very much. >> thank you. speaking foreign language ] >> translator: president obama, there are certain questions about violation of human rights here in mexico and all of these problems, fighting drug trafficking, are you going to certify mexico? and how can we move forward with the initiative? we've also been concerned about any attempt against felipe calderon's life. we know about certain threats and insecurity that prevails. this, of course, is certainly related to your country. we're concerned about the visa problem too, but what comments would you have regarding all these questions? [ speaking foreign language ] >> here, here, i think it's coming. go ahead. [ speaking foreign language ] >> translator: -- want to know if mexico is going to be certified, and if you will help. in applying resources for the initiative. we've also heard about some attempts against the life of president felipe calderon. do you have any knowledge of this? and we're also concerned about national security. we're concerned ab
MSNBC
Aug 3, 2009 1:00pm EDT
to the senate to approve $2 billion to continue funding the program. joining us now, transportation secretary, ray lahood, from the department of transportation. thank you very much, mr. secretary. first of all, we have some opposition from the republicans. let me play what senator jim demint had to say on fox news sunday. >> we're helping auto dealers while there are thousands of other small businesses that aren't getting the help. the role of the federal government is not to run the used car business. and it's clear, you can look at amtrak or the post office and now cash for clunkers. the federal government went bankrupt in one week in the used car business, and now they want to run our health care system. i just think this is a great example of the stupidity that's coming out of washington right now. >> now, senator demint is backed up, certainly, "usa today" and "the wall street journal," two editorials. "usa today" says it's a clunker of a program. as a way to improve mileage, the program has always been a farce. car buyers would qualify for a $3,500 of credit with trade-ins that net jus
MSNBC
Aug 25, 2009 1:00pm EDT
years. that's $2 trillion more than the white house had estimated in may. a report from a top u.s. economist coming up. and british prime minister gordon brown today speaking out for the first time about the hero's reception given top lockerbie bomber back home in libya. >>> good day. i'm driandrea mitchell in washington. late last night, we received an e-mail from former vice president dick cheney, striking back hard against the obama administration's decisions. david ignatius, associate editor and columnist for "the washington post" and intelligence expert and nbc's own justice correspondent pete williams along with nbc news white house correspondent, savannah guthrie in new york joining us to talk about all of this, picking this apart. first of all to you, david, let's talk about the impact on the cia, taken out of the central role for detention and interrogation. some would say that that is a good thing, because it was nothing but a burden, but it really is a diminishing of the agency. >> talking to people at the cia yesterday and today, andrea, i heard nothing but relief that
MSNBC
Aug 24, 2009 1:00pm EDT
to the fbi. a special white house task force will oversee interrogation policy and the u.s. will no longer send terror suspects for interrogation in countries that torture. we expect thousands of pages of previously secret reports on past abuses in the next few hours. this as attorney general eric holder may be appointing a special prosecutor to investigate past cia abuses. >>> and amidst charges of voter fraud in afghanistan, officials say the situation there is deteriorating as a taliban continues to gain strength. >>> good day, i'm andrea mitchell, live in washington. while the president is vacationing on martha's vineyard, there are some big changes now concerning national security. nbc's ron allen is traveling with the president in martha's vineyard. ron, the big story at the white house today is this new national security approach a new policy on detainees and interrogation? >> indeed, andrea. and as you know, this is a big break with the past in the bush administration's approach to these matters. as you know, president obama and other members of his administration have been very cr
MSNBC
Aug 27, 2009 1:00pm EDT
in those early years of ted kennedy's political career. vernon, thanks for joining us today, on a windy day here in boston. first of all, let's talk about the role that the kennedys played. ted kennedy, very early in his career, talked about what his brother, john f. kennedy meant in terms of desegregation. let's listen to a little bit of ted kennedy back in the 1960s. >> my brother was the first president of the united states to state publicly that segregation was morally wrong. his heart and his soul are in this bill. if his life and death had a meaning, it was that we should not hate, but love one another. we should use our powers not to create conditions of oppression that lead to violence, but conditions of freedom that lead to peace. >> of course, president kennedy was not able to fulfill that, nor did robert kennedy. what role did ted kennedy play in trying to live up to that dream of desegregation and full equality? >> well, first of all, andrea, senator ted kennedy took the torch from both of his brothers, john and robert, and moved the ball considerably way beyond that which their
MSNBC
Aug 21, 2009 1:00pm EDT
. thank you. and i know it's all hard work covering the president >> reporter: for us it's work, for him, it will be vacation. >> we hope. all of us hope. thank you. >>> and the senate's bipartisan gang of six is working to trim down their yet to be announced health care proposal. but despite outrage from liberals on the left, the finance committee might on the to replace the planned public option with a co-op system. republican senator olympia snowe, a key popularity on the finance committee's gang of six, negotiateding. and she joins us now by phone. thank you so much for joining us, senator. can you tell us what came out of that meeting? are you going to scale it become and is the co-op still in there as an alternative? >> the co-op is, andrea. we're not scaling anything back, but we're looking at various issues and refining, modifying, evaluating, and we're continuing on track. i think the recess, in many ways, is helpful, because it gives us a chance to meet with our constituents, better understand their concerns, their issues. and to get a better feel for the greatest concerns that
MSNBC
Aug 20, 2009 1:00pm EDT
's how old you have to be to become a u.s. senator. so instead, the then-kbmpb of massachusetts appointed a friend of the kennedys, benjamin a. smith ii to fill out the term when senator kennedy was finally over 30 and could run and be elected senator. so there are all these backstories to this story, but clearly senator kennedy is thinking of the future and thinking about health care. andrea? >> ann thompson, who knows everything about massachusetts and is a resident and a long-time watcher of the kennedy family as well. ann, good to see you. thank you so much for the latest updates from there. and as we can see on the other side of our screen, the president has come in to the white house room for the diplomatic reception room, i believe, for that interview with michael smerconish. let's go with that. david gregory from "meet the press," host and moderator of "meet the press," is with me here and will be watching with me and we'll talk on the other side, david. here's the president. >> i don't know if the ear piece is going to be necessary, because i think they'll probably play in the ro
MSNBC
Aug 26, 2009 1:00pm EDT
, only the next great voyage. we know the future will outlast all of us, but i believe that all of us will live on in the future we make. >> good afternoon from washington, i'm david gregory, we welcome to you this msnbc special, continuing coverage of the death of senator ted kennedy. by now, you probably heard the 77-year-old lion of the senate and patriarch of the kennedy political dynasty died late last night at his home in cape cod on hyannis port after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. today, friends, colleague and leaders worldwide are remembering kennedy as an extraordinary force who worked tirelessly on behalf of the working class and the poor. on capitol hill here in washington, kennedy's home for nearly half a century, the senator, the flags are flying at half staff this afternoon, as are those at the white house and federal buildings across the country. and there are tributes coming in from around the country and the world. former president george w. bush telling nbc news that he spoke to vicki kennedy a short time ago, earlier today, expressing his condolences, best
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2009 1:00pm EDT
fng f all of us. >> this evening, a private memorial service will be held for senator kennedy at the jfk library. among the speakers, deval patrick, senator john mccain, vice president joe biden, one of his close friends in the senate. tomorrow, a funeral mass will be held at boston's our laid of perpetual health basilica, a church where the senator prayed daily during his daughter's battle with lung cancer in 2002. during the funeral, he will be buried near his brothers at arlington national cemetery. first, they'll go past the capitol build, the east step of the capitol, where an honor of hundreds of kennedy's former staff members will be standing and waiting. joining us now for the hour, bob shrum, a kennedy family friend, a speechwreter for senator kennedy. the senator's staff, known widely on the hill, as the best and the brightest, partly because he was so deeply involved in the details. what would he think about the extraordinary outpouring of affection here in massachusetts for him? >> well, a lot of people go to washington and get elected and they want to stay there.
MSNBC
Aug 12, 2009 1:00pm EDT
that is taking place in northern new jersey at this hour. thanks so much. >>> meanwhile, overseas, u.s. marines involved in this morning's eight-hour offensive in southern afghanistan say that taliban fighters put up such a strong resistance they must have been tipped up in advance. u.s., afghan and nato troops are trying to secure a remote afghan provinces before next week's crucial presidential election. joining us now live from new york, richard hough, president of the council on foreign relations, former member of the state department and national security council. welcome. good to see you. let's talk about the afghan election and what it means with this weakened president, karzai, initially supported by the u.s. but never really expanded his reach beyond kabul, some would say, a corrupt regime. what is the significance of this election, assuming that he is going to win? >> the significance is that it's happening. afghan-style democracy in action. but there's probably slightly more downside than upside. not all the afghans are going to be able to vote. there is sure to be some violence. and
MSNBC
Aug 19, 2009 1:00pm EDT
you get into the details and start knit picking at it someone used this analogy, i think it is lawrence o'donnell, used this analogy, it is like a thread, you pull the string and suddenly everything unravels. that is what you are seeing here, the opponents of this thing are able to knit pick at one individual thing and all of a sudden, it can just unravel the entire plan. >> now the president is doing a phone call later today with supporters. he is also going to go on radio tomorrow. he talked to supports today, tomorrow, going on a radio talk show in philadelphia. so, he is trying to adjust the message. also considering using the clintons? we saw the clintons saturday night in pittsburgh talking about this, any chance they would use hillary clinton well beyond her role of secretary of state? >> i would find that highly unlikely. you don't take somebody that is in a position supposed to be basically a nonpolitical position, a partisan position, but it is a nonpolitical position. you know, you don't see secretary of states, for instance, deployed during re-election campaig
MSNBC
Aug 18, 2009 1:00pm EDT
much for joining us. susan, first of all, to you, the battle of the left and the right, kathleen sebelius, the health and human services director went out today and said, nothing new, we weren't sending any signals, but they were! they weren't changing the actual words, but they -- >> apparently, last weekend was the weekend they decided to send a message that they were willing to give up on the public option and go with this more ephemeral ideas or less defined idea of co-o co-ops. the day before on saturday, we had barack obama himself saying at a town hall meeting that this was just a sliver of health care reform. and not something that should undo the idea of moving ahead, even if the public option -- i think the white house has determined that both because of opposition from republicans and more importantly from conservative democrats that this is not going to be in the final bill and they're trying to let these house democrats, who tend to be more liberal, to know that. >> but dan balz, even though our good friend and former colleague linda douglass says nothing new, robert
MSNBC
Aug 31, 2009 1:00pm EDT
. >> here with us now, jonathan alter and senior columnist for "newsweek" and executive for politico. you heard clearly the former vice president defending what was authorized and even what went beyond being authorized and at the same time criticizing this current administration for what he called absolutely a political move and outrageous. your take? >> norah, let's deal with the second one. it's not political on the part of the white house. they want this issue to go away so they could focus on health care and other issues. they're not trying to polites is this for their own advantage. they prefer to sweep it under the carpet and they can't. there's going to have to be some kind of an investigation and the evidence of law breaking was so clear to attorney general holder that he felt that there was, you know, no option but to go forward. on the first question, do the ends justify the means? norah, that's a fundamental question about what kind of society we think we live in. do we live in a democracy and live under a constitution with a rule of law? if you believe that we do, then you can
MSNBC
Aug 6, 2009 1:00pm EDT
to bill cohn, former defense secretary, bill cohn. thanks so much for joining us. mr. secretary, you were the defense secretary in the clinton administration, when the embassy bombings took place. and i can't tell you how emotional the moment was today. i was with hillary clinton at the site of what was our embassy here. it was a 14-year-old boy, michael macria whose parents were both killed. he's being raised by his grandparents. and hillary clinton said to him, with his devotion to education, she was going to tell president obama what he is accomplished so far and what he wants to achieve. was it a real moment, as we stood in this empty area, which has been turned into a memorial park. what have we learned and what have we accomplished in these 11 years that would better protect our assets abroad, other countries, and our, of course, our homeland against these terrorists. >> well, andrea, i remember that day very well, and i remember when the bodies, the american diplomats who lost their lives in those two bombings came back to andrews air force base and we had a chance to meet the fami
MSNBC
Aug 17, 2009 1:00pm EDT
. but for those of us that hang on every word, that's not altogether surprising. this co-op idea is the one a lot of us expected to come out of the senate finance committee and be part of any bipartisan deal that would be struck. >> but the bottom line is that the senate won't go for the public option and the house says, at least, that it won't go for anything that does not include the public option. clearly, they may say that this is not, quote, new, but all the signals are that they are ready to start inching towards a compromise. >> well, it will be really interesting. it sets up quite the battle in conference committee. and i think we all knew that was coming. the senate finance committee, if a bipartisan deal really happens, and i think we all know the public option is not going to be a part of that deal. then you wonder what will happen in the house. i think the smart money is that the house is more likely to pass something with a public option. if the bipartisan idea falls apart and this becomes a democratic-only bill, then i think the public option starts to get a little more momentum aga
MSNBC
Aug 11, 2009 1:00pm EDT
to us this hour. >>> good day, i'm andrea mitchell in washington. president obama wants americans to know that health care overhaul will not jeopardize the coverage that millions already enjoy. and eahe's doing so in a state where 89% of the population is covered. pennsylvania governor ed rendell joins us now. before we get into health care, governor, i want to ask you about your longtime friend, secretary of state hillary clinton. this is what happened when she was asked, she thought, about her husband. she was traveling in the congo yesterday. let's watch. >> wait! you want me to tell me what my husband thinks? my husband is not the secretary of state, i am. so you ask my opinion, i will tell you my opinion. i'm not going to be channeling my husband. >> governor, we've seen today the new york tabloids are all over this. look at these headlines. i mean, here she is with the most favorable ratings that she's ever enjoyed in her career, just about, and the loyal team player to barack obama, and in one moment, she shows this kind of anger. what's the impact, politically, of that? >>
MSNBC
Aug 13, 2009 1:00pm EDT
us, there are lots of people here from the cape who are coming to pay their respects, because the kennedys are part of this community. they are part of the fabric of this land. >> as we hear the church bells, and this is the church where eunice shriver, eunice kennedy shriver, came very often, she stood out in the family, even in that hyper generation of very competitive siblings, she was very special. >> she was very special. she was, her father, joe kennedy said, if she had been a man, she would have been the one to be president. >> and i think what he said, ann, was is if she had had a pair of -- you know what -- >> can you say that on church property? >> i can't even say that on nbc or msnbc property. >> well, he probably did put it that way, but there was no question she was extraordinarily bright. she went to stanford university, graduated in the early '40s. she was a very good athlete, by her own admission. but more than that, she was somebody who was driven, and driven to do well and to make the world truly a better place. on "nightly news," we have a segment called "m
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2009 1:00pm EDT
at the confirmation hearings, what if anything are the lessons learned? what do you think they tell us about what might happen the next time president obama certainly has the potential to have another opportunity to name a supreme court nominee? >> that does seem to be the big question. and, of course, the conservatives, the republicans say, see, mr. president, the lesson was, we have laid down a marker that if you try to send someone up here next time who's more liberal, who's more inclined to decide cases by empathy and not the law, then we're going to raise a fuss and we'll be even tougher on them than sonia sotomayor. you get some sense that the republicans did hang back a little bit in terms of their attacks, because some history was being made here with the first hispanic justice, the third woman. but they say, you know, if you sent up a man here who's more liberal next time, it may be tough. the democrats are saying, look, we've got the votes, the president should send up here whomever he wants. it depends on who he asks what the lesson is. >> i want to read you something about the case lo
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